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BETTER YEAR FOR GOODYEAR? 

Union City tire 



It’s Tuesday, January 16, 2007 



plant work- 
ers back after 
strike ends. 

■ News, Page 3 





FINALLY! 

UT system president ties 
classroom success to 
state economy success at 
December graduation. 

■ News, Page 3 



Sky hawks on a roll 



Volume 79 
Issue 14 



The Pacer 




Skyhawk 
basketballers 
on a two- 
game streak. 

■ Page 8 



Atlanta company to lead chancellor search 

Firm specializes in conducting corporate, collegiate searches 



Will York 

UTM administrators have 
employed an Atlanta-based 
company to assist with the 
ongoing chancellor search. 

Baker-Parker and 

Associates Inc., will lead 
efforts to find a succes- 
sor to current Chancellor 
Nick Dunagan, who in 
September announced 
plans to retire in June after 
34 years at the university. 

After gathering informa- 
tion from the university's 
chancellor search special 
committee and about the 
university in general, the 
firm's Global Executive 
Search division will employ 
their "seven-step method- 
ology." The firm will post 
adver- tisements. 



research 
poten- 
tial can- 
didates, 
conduct 
inter- 
views, 
make rec- 
ommen- 
d at ions Dunagan 
to UTM's 

search committee, perform 
background checks and 
finally, recruit the commit- 
tee's choice. 

Baker-Parker will also 
work to secure the final 
terms of the hire. 

Jerald Ogg, interim vice 
chancellor for student 
affairs and chair of the uni- 
versity's chancellor search 
committee, said Baker- 
Parker is only assisting the 



search 
com- 
mittee, 
leaving 
the most 
impor- 
tant deci- 
sions on 
campus. 
Ogg "it is 

ultimately 
our committee's respon- 
sibility, not the firm's, to 
forward recommendations 
to (University of Tennessee 
system President) Dr. (John) 
Petersen," Ogg said. "Since 
the firm will help us spread 
the word about this incred- 
ible opportunity, it should 
enhance our chances of 
attracting the quality can- 
didates we seek." 

Petersen will make the 



final decision on who will 
succeed Dunagan, but 
only after Ogg's committee 

- assisted by Baker Parker 

- names their top choice. 

Already, the company 

has placed advertisements 
for the chancellor's position 
in select education journals 
and other publications. 

According to Baker- 
Parker's Web site, the firm's 
typical academic search 
differs from traditional 
corporate searches by mag- 
nitude. Academic searches 
"generally present a larger 
number of candidates than 
for a corporate search." 

Currently, 33 of the firm's 
41 open searches are in 
higher education. 

The committee hopes to 
begin to review applicants 




in March, conduct campus 
interviews in early April, 
then forward the recom- 
mendation of finalists to 
Petersen, Ogg said in a uni- 
versity press release. 

In the release, Petersen 
said although Dunagan 
will be difficult to replace, 
he is confident in the com- 
mittee's ability to recruit 
high-caliber candidates. 

"I am certain there will 
be a strong field of good 
candidates eager for the 
opportunity to lead the 
continuation of UT Martin's 
momentum and success," 
Petersen said. 



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UTM Remembers 

Martin Luther King Jr. 

Sara McIntosh 




accor- 
dance with 
national festiv- 
ities surround- 
ing the Martin 
Luther King Jr., 
holiday, students and 
faculty will participate in 
campus activities to remember King 
and his accomplishments. 

At 8:13 p.m., in UC 206B, Dr. Henry 
Parker will speak on the accom- 
plishments of King as a means of 
honoring him and appreciating his 
contributions to all communities. A 
candle light vigil will accompany 
Parker's address. 

"The movement, I believe, came 
out of the desire to help not only 
the black community, but all com- 
munities. I think [the holiday] had a 
favorable impact. It's a way to reflect 
on those who have gone before, and 
even on our own campus," said 
Teresa Woody, director of the Office 
of Minority Affairs. 

Minority Affairs will co-spon- 
sor the event with the Delta Sigma 
Theta Sorority. 

"I think this [year's celebration] 
is a little more intimate. The other 
had the big screen and this one 

— See ‘Vigil’ on Page 7 



Robbins takes over Public Safety 



Staff Reports 

Scott Robbins, a UTM 
graduate,became UTM director of 
public safety on Jan. 2 after being 
recommended by a search com- 
mittee. 

Robbins, of Martin, was 
employed by the Martin 
Police Department for 16 
years, most recently as cap- 
tain of training and operations. 

"The search produced a very competitive 
pool of candidates," said A1 Hooten, vice 
chancellor for finance and administration. 
"Scott's administrative background with 
the Martin Police Department prepared 
him for this position. He is well qualified 
to lead the university's department of pub- 
lic safety." 

Hooten had the final decision in hiring 
Robbins, after his being recommended by 
a special search committee. 

Robbins succeeds Rick Hatler, who 
resigned July 28 after admitting to a sexual 
relationship with Janet Copeland, a female 
Public Safety police officer. 

"I am extremely excited and honored 
to have been named director of public 
safety at UT Martin," said Robbins. "I have 



worked side by side with UT 
Martin public safety personnel 
for 16 years (as part of the Martin 
Police Department), and I know 
they are very professional." 

Robbins received a bache- 
lor's degree in criminal justice 
in 1992 from UTM. He gradu- 
ated from the Tennessee 
Law Enforcement Training 
Academy in 1991 and the 
FBI National Academy 206th Session in 
1992. Also, he completed Tennessee Law 
Enforcement Executive Development 
and Computerized Voice Stress Analysis 
Operator training courses. 

Robbins received the department's 
Medal of Valor in 2000 and an Outstanding 
Service Award in 1996. He is a member of 
International Association of Chiefs of Police, 
Tennessee Chiefs of Police Association, FBI 
National Academy Alumni Association, 
Tennessee Law Enforcement Training 
Officer's Association, Martin Police 
Citizen's Police Academ. 

Robbins' father, Guy Robbins, longtime 
grounds manager, is retired from UTM. 
"UT Martin has always been a part of my 
life," he said. "I can't wait to be part of the 
UT Martin family." 




Robbins 



PUBLIC SAFETY TIMELINE 



Hatler 
joins UTM 
Public 
Safety as 
chief after 
serving in 
leadership 
at the 
Houston, 
Texas 
Police. 



Hatler and 
his wife, 
Elizabeth 
K. Hatler, 
officially 
divorce. 



Hatler tends 
his resignation 
from UTM after 
admitting to an 
“inappropriate 
relationship” 
with Janet 
Copeland, a 
female officer. 



Hatler’s 
resignation 
becomes 
official. Capt. 
Ray Coleman 
steps in as 
interim Public 
Safety 
director. 



Application 
deadline for 
the position. A 
five-member 
search 

committee led 
by Joe Croom 
to recommend 
finalists to Al 
Hooten. 



Committee 

finishes 

interviewing 

seven 

finalists, 

including 

Coleman 

and 

Robbins. 



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2006 



WILL YORK / The Pacer 



Martin Police 
Department Robbins 
Capt. Scott officially 
Robbins begins as 
named Director of 
Hatler’s Public 

successor. Safety. 

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Dec. 5 Jan. 2, 
2007 



UTM one 
of 100 top 
college 
values 

Staff Reports 

UTM was listed among 
America's 100 Best College 
Buys, a listing compiled by 
Institutional Research & 
Evaluation Inc., in Rome, 
Ga., over Winter Break. 

In the listing notification 
released by Lewis Lindsey 
Jr., IRE president, he said 
that America's 100 Best 
College Buys "identifies 
those schools providing the 
highest quality educational 
environment at the lowest 
possible cost." This is the 
first time that UT Martin 
has received recognition in 
the IRE listing. 

"UT Martin is among a 
very select group of colleg- 
es and universities in the 
nation that offers affordabil- 
ity and quality," Lindsey 
said. "This is a rare com- 
bination that results only 
from a continuing effort 
from a dedicated admin- 
istration, faculty, staff and 
student body." 

"We are pleased that UT 
Martin has earned this 
recognition," said Dr. Nick 
Dungan, UT Martin chan- 
cellor. "Our faculty and 
staff continually find ways 
to provide a high-quality 
education to our students 
at a competitive cost. This 
listing rewards their efforts 
and assures students that 
they're receiving a great 
education." 

The listing among 
America's 100 Best College 
Buys is the third major 
recognition for UT Martin 
in the 2006-07 academic 
year. In August, UT Martin 
continued its top-tier 
ranking for master's level 
public universities in the 
South in the 2007 edition 
of America's Best Colleges, 
compiled by U.S.News & 
World Report. UT Martin 
tied for 21st place among 
public universities in the 
South that grant bachelor's 
and master's degrees. 

Also in August, The 
Princeton Review named 
UT Martin a "Best 
Southeastern College" for 
2007. 



Martin Police Department investigating homicide, 

Heather Roland 



Several individuals spent 
their holiday vacations at 
home enjoying time with 
their family and friends; 
however, not all individu- 
als were allowed to have a 
peaceful holiday season as 
crime peaked in the Martin 
area. 

A homicide, as well as 
a number of burglaries 
occurred during December 
2006 and the beginning of 
the new year, which caused 
the holiday season to not be 
quite so happy for some. 

James Monroe Terry, 78, 
of 622 N. McComb St. in 



Martin, was found dead 
in his home on January 5, 
2007, by a family member. 
The family member imme- 
diately called the police. 
Upon arrival, Martin Police 
secured the scene as a crime 
scene due to the appear- 
ance of an apparent forced 
entry. Tennessee Bureau of 
Investigation Crime Scene 
Response Unit personnel 
processed the scene, and 
District Attorney General 
Tommy Thomas performed 
the autopsy. The prelimi- 
nary results of the autopsy 
indicate that the manner of 
the death was a homicide. 

The time and cause of 



death was not available as 
of press time. 

On December 22, 2006, 
officers were dispatched to 
the scenes of two different 
burglaries. 

Martin Police Patrolman 
Baker was informed by the 
victim that she had left her 
residence on December 20, 
and when she returned 
home on December 22, she 
found that her key would 
not allow her to enter her 
rear door. It was then that 
she noticed a variety of pry 
marks on the door. Once 
Patrolman Baker arrived, 
the victim gained entrance 
into her house and noticed 



that her Toshiba computer, 
computer bag and approxi- 
mately $230 in cash were 
missing. 

Upon arrival to the sec- 
ond burglary scene, the 
victim informed Martin 
Police Patrolman Wenz 
that his residence had been 
the broken into within the 
last three days. A window 
pane had been broken out 
of the south door of his 
residence and the door was 
ajar. The missing property 
was approximately $15 in 
change. No other property 
was found to be missing at 

— See ‘Crime’ on Page 7 



rash of winter burglaries 




On Jan. 5, Martin police were called to 622 N. 
McCombs St., in Martin to investigate the mysteri- 
ous death of 78-year-old James M. Terry at his home. 
Police ruled the death a homicide, and are still inves- 
tigating. 



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Tomorrow, expect sunny skies 
with a high of 45, and 
Thursday, 45 and quite cloudy. 



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Editorial 2 

News 3 

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Arts & Entertainment 5 

Technology 6 

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Editorial: 

UTM knows students’ needs 
better than outside company 



D uring the Christmas 
break, the univer- 
sity hired a search 
company from Atlanta to 
conduct a search for the 
new chancellor. 

We wonder why an out- 
side committee has to be 
called in to conduct a search. 
When UTM 
was looking to 
fill positions 
for the Public 
Safety director 
and the Vice 
Chancellor 
for Student 
Affairs, a 
search com- 
pany wasn't 
hired. 

We wonder 
if this outside 
company will 
keep the stu- 
dents' wants and needs 
in mind when they sub- 
mit the finalists' names to 
the UTM chancellor search 
committee. Will an outside 
company know the envi- 
ronment and atmosphere 
of UTM? We hope the com- 
mittee ensures that it does. 

We question why the UT 
system is spending money 
on an outside company 
when it would cost less for 
UTM to pick a new chan- 
cellor. Also, we believe that 



Is UTM’s 
chancellor 
search any 
different 
from other 
administrative 
searches? 



if the chancellor was picked 
by the campus committee, 
the students' concerns and 
our environment would be 
better represented. 

The local search commit- 
tees were efficient for fill- 
ing other positions. What 
makes the chancellor search 
any different? 
UTM's staff 
and faculty 
know what 
UTM needs. 
A com- 
pany from 
Atlanta won't 
know and 
won't have 
to live with 
its recom- 
mendations. 
Another issue 
we have is the 
money being 
spent on the outside search 
firm. The UT system could 
save a lot of money by let- 
ting the UTM search com- 
mittee complete this impor- 
tant task. This is money 
that could be used on many 
other items systemwide. 

UTM is quite capable of 
picking a new chancellor. 
Are we not intelligent or 
intuitive enough to know 
what we want or does an 
Atlanta company have to 
decide that for us? 



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Moving unboxes many donating opportunities 



The process of moving, 
packing, lifting, sorting 
and stressing is a beautiful 
moment in life that should 
be appreciated by every- 
one. You realize who you 
are as a person by the accu- 
mulation of junk in your 
home and storage unit. I 
suppose that discovering 
your pack-rat tendencies or 
hoarding aspects should be 
a traumatic experience for 
most people, but, I am not 
most people. 

After living in a place for 
two years and developing 
some rapport and comfort 
with my surroundings, it 
became dire to move in an 
expeditious fashion during 
the dreaded week of finals 
in order to take a step in 
the right direction on the 
path of my life. In case you 
were unaware, living with 
your fiance at your parents' 
house is enough to kill 
most relationships. I would 
advise anyone to avoid this 
seemingly innocent gesture 
like the plague. 

Excuse my digression. 




Sara 

McIntosh 

Asst. News 
Editor 



This moment of cardboard 
boxes and the car being 
loaded to the top full of 
my possessions became the 
eye-opener in that I real- 
ized that I had way too 
much crap, most of which 
was dusty, unappreciated 
and easily forgotten. That 
is until that dreaded day 
came to pack it all up in a 
box. With that said, what 
exactly should a person do 
in these circumstances? 

The dust cleared and my 
wits were abounding in the 
revelation that I did not 
need, require or desire all 
these tokens of memories 
to clutter up my new abode. 
Quite happily, I gave away 
whatever I could to poor, 
unsuspecting victims in 
order to release myself 
from the bonds that tied 



me to all this junk. 

For those things that 
were not able to be taken 
by friends and family, I 
felt, seeing that Christmas 
was right around the cor- 
ner, that people who were 
unfortunately suffering 
from an economic down- 
trend might benefit from 
goods that were packed up 
in storage, forgotten and 
not appreciated by me at 
that time. After all, I live 
for two plus years with- 
out these kitchen gadgets, 
dishes, bedding and furni- 
ture slowing me down, so 
why bring them with me. It 
was almost like Christmas 
anyway because some of 
this crap that I was unpack- 
ing appeared foreign and 
new, even though I slowly 
remembered my owner- 
ship of these items. 

What is the lesson in 
my experience? Give away 
things that you don't need 
and stop binging on goods 
that you don't have to have 
just because you are bored 
and Wal-Mart is a great 



venue to run into people 
you may know. Loneliness 
is a great way to spend 
money, which gives you a 
sort of euphoria that is only 
temporary. Then, come 
moving day, you will be 
utterly perturbed with all 
your junk and be in the 
position of choice: pack it 
all up and take it with you 
only to keep the clutter and 
junk in control of your life 
or give it all away because 
you realize that your life 
does not revolve around 
meaningless, dusty posses- 
sions. 

The act of donation is a 
two-folded gesture: strang- 
ers as well as you benefit 
from one simple act of char- 
ity. Granted, charity should 
be something that you do 
anonymously without tell- 
ing anyone in order for it to 
be a true act of charity. But, 
it never hurts to do some- 
thing for others and still 
feel great about your own 
humanity. 



Make promises, resolutions anytime of the year 



Tomi Parrish 

Faculty adviser 

Cliche, to my mind, best 
describes the new year 
hoopla. 

Think about it. Before we 
even celebrate New Year's 
Day, we are bombarded by 
messages that compel us to 
make New Year's resolu- 
tions, to clean out our clos- 
ets, to examine ourselves 
physically, mentally and 
spiritually, and to basically 
just "begin again." 

We eat black-eyed peas 



and "hog jaw" (bacon at my 
house) to honor a Southern 
New Year's tradition so we 
may have good luck during 
the year. We light candles 
on New Year's Eve and re- 
flect on the old year as we 
welcome the new one, or we 
attend parties with others 
celebrating the new year. 

We might watch the ball 
drop in Times Square, 
along with celebrations 
from around the world. 

I did most of the above in 
the weeks before and after 
New Year's Day. Not that I 



regret following the tradi- 
tions, but I wonder if most 
of us ever really consider 
the true meaning of renew- 
al, or "beginning again." 
For example, if I resolve to 
be a better mom or a better 
teacher, then I am commit- 
ting myself to real change. 
In other words, resolutions 
mean nothing without the 
will to follow through in- 
stead of falling back into 
old habits and patterns. 

The new year, the idea 
that renewal should be tied 
to some date, also strikes 



me as merely convenient. 
If we seriously plan to en- 
act change in our lives, then 
does it matter whether we 
do it on Jan. 1 or July 1, or 
Sept. 9? No. New Year's 
Day is, after all, just a day, 
and any day is good for re- 
newal. 

Today is Jan. 16, the be- 
ginning of a new semester. 
Resolve to study, to make 
the best of your time here. 
I will resolve to be a better 
teacher and a better person. 

After all, we don't have to 
be cliches. 



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Goodyear employees back on job after 3-month strike 



Steelworkers walkout ends Dec. 29 



Jon Michael St. Amant 

Staff Writer 

After nearly three months 
of a work stoppage and 
intense negotiations, the 
Goodyear Tire and Rubber 
Company and the United 
Steel Workers union came 
to an agreement Dec. 29, 
2006, which prompted the 
union members at the com- 
pany's Union City plant to 
return to work early this 
year. 

USW represents the most 
wage-earning workers at 
Goodyear nationwide. 

"Goodyear welcomes the 
return to work of our USW 
associates," said Jon Rich, 
president of Goodyear's 
North American Tire busi- 
ness. "I have no doubt 
our associates will quickly 
return to their normal high 
levels of performance and 
productivity." 

According to the 
Goodyear labor negotia- 



tions Web site, some of the 
major contract terms agreed 
to included restoring pen- 
sions, a company-financed 
trust of more than $1 billion 
that will secure medical and 
prescription drug benefits 
and will invest money in 
modernizing plants around 
the nation. 

Before the agreements, 
many USW members were 
concerned with the future of 
their fellow union members 
in two plants Goodyear was 
planning to close last year. 
While the doors on both 
plants will soon be closed 
for good, according to the 
agreement, the Tyler, Texas 
plant will remain open 
for another year, allowing 
members to have adequate 
time to find other jobs or 
accept retirement benefits. 

"The credit really belongs 
to our members and their 
families, whose solidar- 
ity prevented the company 
from short-changing them. 



"I have no 
doubt our 
associates will 
quickly return 
to their normal 
high levels of 
productivity." 

- Jon Rich 

Goodyear North American Tire 
President 

despite all of its attempts," 
said USW International 
President Leo W. Gerard. 

So now it's back to busi- 
ness as usual at the District 
9 Union City plant. The 
picket lines have faded, and 
production lines are roll- 
ing again. The 86-day strike 
affected 14,000 USW work- 
ers in 12 locations among 
which were the workers of 
the Union City plant. 




ALLIE T. THOMAS / The Pacer 



Goodyear Tire Rubber Company and the United Steel Workers union came to an 
agreement on Dec. 29. Many from the Union City plant returned back to work ear- 
lier this year after labor negotiations, including restoring pensions, a company- 
financed trust and more finally came to an agreeable conclusion. 



Graduates encouraged to ‘get 
involved, make a difference’ 



68-year-old 
Sue Scates 
graduates 
with Bachelor 
of University 
Studies degree 

Allie T. Thomas & 

David Hamptom 

Editorial Assistants 

University of Tennessee 
President Dr. John Petersen 
emphasized during his fall 
commencement address 
at the Elam Center that 
successful students will 
bring a better economy to 
Tennessee. 

"Statistics say that— com- 
pared to those with a high 
school education— you will 
earn more and be healthier, 
and that you'll pass along 
those benefits to your chil- 
dren," said Petersen. 

Upon graduating, UTM 
Chancellor Nick Dunagan 
said alumni can do several 
things to continue to better 
the university and enhance 
the UTM experience: keep 
in contact with faculty and 
staff to let them know where 
you are and what you are 
doing; provide advice and 
support for the university; 
help recruit good students 
and be supportive of higher 
education to help the econ- 
omy as you become a tax- 
paying citizen. 

Dunagan concluded say- 
ing that as freshmen, the 
motto was "get involved," 
but now, he said to the 
graduating class, it is "Get 
involved. Make a differ- 
ence." 

The new graduates join 
33,000 UTM graduates scat- 
tered across the world. 

A notable graduate pres- 
ent at UTM's graduation 
ceremony last December 
was Sue Scates, a 68-year- 
old Marion, Ark. resident 
who received a bachelor of 
university studies degree, 
which she earned via UTM's 
New College online degree 
program. 

Scates has been employed 
at the University of 




(Above) 68-year-old Sue 
Scates was among this 
year’s December gradu- 
ates. Scates graciously 
and proudly accepted 
a Bachelor of Univer- 
sity Studies degree from 
UTM Chancellor Nick 
Dunagan. 

(Right) University of 
Tennessee President 
Dr. John Petersen ad- 
dressed this year’s De- 
cember graduates. 




Photos by University Relations 



Tennessee Health Science 
Center in Memphis since 
1986, where she's held 
several different positions 
in the Office of Human 
Resources. 

Scates' college education 
began after she graduated 
from North Miami High 
School in Florida in 1956, 
where she completed one 
semester of secretarial 
courses at Florida Christian 
College in Temple Terrace, 
Fla. Like many women of 
her generation, her post- 
secondary education was 
postponed when she mar- 
ried and had children. 

She was later employed 
at Hinds Junior College in 
Raymond, Miss. Through 
that involvement, she was 
encouraged to re-enter col- 
lege and take advantage of 
the state-offered benefits 
provided to employees of 
colleges. 

"I began by taking gen- 
eral required courses until 
I moved to McGehee, Ark. 
in 1974," she said. After 
moving to Memphis, she 
earned an associate degree 
in accounting in 1990 from 
State Technical Institute. 

"Two things prompted 
me to pursue a degree. I 



was talking to a lady who 
works at a community 
college in West Memphis 
about their positions at the 
college, and she informed 
me that they never hired 
anyone without a college 
degree," Scates said. She 
added that she'd considered 
the New College Program 
because it was all online, 
but hadn't pursued it till 
this comment was made. 

She was also encouraged 
by the fact that UT would 
pay for nine hours of her 
classes per semester. 

Scates admits that earn- 
ing her degree was chal- 
lenging. 

"I found out in a couple of 
my classes that it was more 
difficult to learn and main- 
tain scientific terms, chemi- 
cals and biological infor- 
mation," she said. "Even 
though it takes a certain 
determination to remain 
committed to this type of 
program ... the program 
being online was very ben- 
eficial to me," she added. 

She added, "I know this 
was the reason I have com- 
pleted this degree. It would 
never have happened any 
other way." 



Due to the Martin 
Luther King Jr. Holiday, the UTM 
Police Report will not be available 
in this week’s issue 



Where there’s smoke? Not this time 




Cooler temperatures and 
wet weather were abun- 
dant over the past week- 
end; so much that those on 
campus yesterday could 
see mountainous rolls of 
steam coming up from the 
ground behind Crisp Hall 
and flowing across to the 
Humanities Building. 

UTM's Department of 
Public Safety said that the 
steam came pouring out of 
the vents due to the down- 
pour of rain Martin has re- 
ceived recently. There was 
so much rain that the steam 
had no other place to go but 
out of the vents. 

The steam is not a major 
threat to UTM students; 
however. Public Safety is 
warning students not to 



walk through the steam. 
The steam can be extremely 
hot; therefore, in an effort 
to provide safety to UTM 



students, please do not 
walk through the steam if it 
arises to this point again. 




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UTM professor recently named TSTA 
Distinguished Educator of the Year 



From Staff Reports 

Dr. Michael Gibson, UTM 
professor of geology, re- 
cently was named Distin- 
guished Educator of the 
Year for 2006 by the Ten- 
nessee Science Teachers As- 
sociation. 

Gibson, an overall award 
winner, joins four other 
award recipients designat- 
ed as Distinguished Science 
teachers at the elementary, 
middle, secondary and 
higher education divisions. 

They were chosen from 
hundreds of science teach- 
ers across Tennessee as out- 
standing and exemplary 
teachers in the discipline. 
They have demonstrated a 
positive impact on the lives 
of their students by master- 
ing their teaching skills. 

Gibson's award is his 
second from TSTA, having 
been named Distinguished 
Science Teacher for 2003 in 
the higher education divi- 
sion. 

Gibson received a B.S. 
degree from the College of 
William and Mary in 1979, 
a master's degree from 
Auburn University in 1983 
and a doctorate from the 
University of Tennessee at 
Knoxville in 1988. He has 
been a UTM professor in 
the Department of Geol- 
ogy, Geography and Phys- 
ics since 1988. Previously, 
he was a graduate teach- 
ing assistant in the Depart- 
ment of Geological Sciences 
at UT Knoxville. He also 



served as an instructor in 
the Department of Geology 
at Auburn. 

"My teaching interests 
are directed primarily to- 
ward two groups: univer- 
sity-level students and 
K-12 teachers, but I have 
recently expanded to in- 
clude high school students 
directly," said Gibson. "I 
consider myself a geolo- 
gist/paleontologist and fo- 
cus my courses on field ex- 
periences. Students better 
grasp concepts and develop 
stronger self-motivation to 
learn when they are part of 
the learning process itself. 

"I prefer to use real geo- 
logic situations and settings 
for my students to study. 
I like them to work on a 
current project that I have 
whenever possible," Gib- 
son said. "I also allow stu- 
dents to pursue their own 
interests. This approach 
has been successful for me 
at UTM because the small 
size of our program allows 
me to develop a personal 
relationship with each stu- 
dent. I can work closely 
with a student to maximize 
his/her classroom and field 
experiences to both fill in 
weak areas and better hone 
strengths." 

Gibson also uses his stu- 
dents as undergraduate col- 
laborators for research and 
now has student-participa- 
tion projects in Tennessee, 
Alabama, Japan, Mexico 
and Belize. 

Gibson considers the K- 



12 teaching community 
the foundation for earth 
stewardship and provides 
teachers with methods 
to incorporate geology in 
their curricula to demon- 
strate the relevance of geol- 
ogy. "I devote a significant 
portion of my educational 
efforts to help teachers be- 
come geology conscious," 
Gibson said. 

Since 1990, Gibson has 
worked as a higher educa- 
tion adviser to the earth sci- 
ence teachers in the state, 
helping to increase the 
number of earth science 
certifications in the state 
and increase the number of 
geology courses taught in 
high schools from four in 
1990 to 22 in 2000. 

"Geology is an applied 
science that relies on learn- 
ing by practicing and com- 
bines the principles of the 
other sciences, along with 
other disciplines - math- 
ematics, history, art, litera- 
ture - to produce the ac- 
tual working earth," said 
Gibson. "Geology is the 
ultimate history, thus I con- 
sider myself a historian of 
the distant past." 

Gibson's current research 
projects include the follow- 
ing: paleoecology, deposi- 
tional environments and 
biotic interactions of Devo- 
nian strata of West Tennes- 
see; Cretaceous Coon Creek 
Formation; Pennsylvanian 
Morris Shale in Alabama; 
plant fossils from 




Gibson 



the Eocene clay deposits 
of West Tennessee, History 
of Tennessee Geology and 
Earth Science Education in 
Tennessee; and Geology of 
Belize, Central America. 

Other recognitions of 
Gibson's efforts through 
the years include the Ten- 
nessee Earth Science Teach- 
ing Ptero Award in 2001. 
He was a UTM Featured 
Scholar and received the 
Hal and Alma Reagan Fac- 
ulty Leave Award in 1998; 
and was selected for the 
Cunningham Outstanding 
Teacher Scholar Award in 
1995-96. Gibson received 
the UT Knoxville Depart- 
ment of Geology Incentive 
Award in 1988; UT Knox- 
ville Chancellor's Citation 
for Extraordinary Profes- 
sional Promise in 1987; the 
University of Tennessee, 
Oak Ridge National Lab 
Science Alliance "Super" 
Research Fellowship for 
Academic Excellence in 
1985-1986; and the Cardin 
Fellowship Award for Aca- 
demic Excellence in 1984- 
1985. 



Martin Rural King changes locations 




ALLIE T. THOMAS / The Pacer 



Rural King recently cel- 
ebrated its first day in 
their new facility. After 
the facility got a facelift, 
Rural King moved to its 
new location on Uni- 
versity Street, which is 
the old Wal-Mart store, 
yesterday. Rural King is 
a store that specializes 
in farming equipment. 
They sell a variety of 
equipment, includ- 
ing everything from 
plumbing parts to baby 
chickens to mulch and 
even much more. Rural 
King is open Monday 
through Saturday from 
7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 
Sunday from 9 a.m. to 
6 p.m. 



Burgin, others get 
promotions at UTM 
Academic Affairs to 
meet tech concerns 



Allie T. Thomas 

Editorial Assistant 

Concerns for better wire- 
less Internet in all class- 
rooms and security led to 
increased responsibilities 
for staff members in the 
Office of Information Tech- 
nologies as the Division of 
Academic Affairs reorga- 
nized its department on 
Jan. 1 to match systems of 
other state universities, said 
Tom Rakes, Vice Chancel- 
lor of Academic Affairs and 
Provost. 

"Our mission is to pro- 
vide high-quality informa- 
tion technology and com- 
munications resources and 
services through shared 
resources, common infra- 
structure and functions in 
support of the academic 
and administrative activi- 
ties of UT Martin," said 
Shannon Burgin. 

Burgin is now the assis- 
tant vice chancellor to 




Burgin 

Academic Affairs and chief 
information officer. 

"Without the skills and 
knowledge of the informa- 
tion technology services 
staff members, this would 
not be possible," said Bur- 
gin on the promotions. 

There were several other 
promotions within the de- 
partment, which leaves Bill 
Duffy to oversee the tech- 
nologies of the off-campus 
sites of Jackson, Selmer, Ri- 
pley and Parsons. 

In addition to Burgin, Ter- 
ry Lewis, Brenda Wright, 
Mike Abney, Susie Nanney 
and Steve Holt also received 
departmental promotions. 



UTM Refund Check 
Schedule 



Students can obtain their UTM stu- 
dent refund check from 8:10 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m. at Business Affairs on the 
basis of the following schedule: 

Wednesday, January 17: M-Z 

Thursday, January 18: A-L 

Friday, January 19: A-Z 

*ln order to receive your refund 
check, you must present your UTM 
STUDENT ID at the time of receipt. 

Be aware, you may be required to 
repay a portion of your excess aid 
check if: 

1. You do not begin attendance in all 
of your classes, 

2. You drop any classes during the 
first week of classes, 

3. You drop any classes later in the 
semester, or 

4. You withdraw from classes. 




Campus Bulletin Board 



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Pacer's “Campus Bulletin Board” section must be submitted at least a week ahead of the event, either by e-mail to pacer_news@utm.edu or by 
dropping off a flier and press release to 314 Gooch Hall. Preference is given by event date closest to printing and by order received. Please note 
that submission does not necessarily guarantee printing. Call (731) 881-7780 for more information. 



Pacer Meetings 

Want to write for the student 
newspaper? Pacer meetings are 
every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. in 
Gooch 316. Come sign up for a 
story so that you can see your 
byline in next week's issue of the 
student newspaper. 



Spanish Club 

All students are encouraged 
to join the UTM Spanish Club. 
Come and learn all about Span- 
ish culture, participate in service 
activities and much more. Meet- 
ings are held at 4 p.m. every 
other Wednesday in HU 413. 
Everyone is invited to attend. 

Bible Study 

Oak Grove Missionary Baptist 
Church is hosting a H.Y.P.E. 
Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. on Tues- 
days at the white house on the 
campus of Southside Baptist 
Church. Come get the word and 



have fun while doing it. If you 
need a ride, call 587-5124, but 
please call ahead of time. 

English Writing Center 

The English Writing Center is 
available for students who need 
help Monday-Thursday from 9 
a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in HU 209. The 
writing lab will close for the fall 
semester on December 15. There 
is also an online writing lab. 
Simply e-mail your questions to 
owl@utm.edu. 

UTM Recycling Group 

A new student group is form- 
ing to help promote recycling 
and environmental issues on 
the campus of UTM. The group 
is meeting every Wednesday at 
12:15 in the back room of the 
UC (room 125). For more infor- 
mation, send an e-mail to utm. 
recy cling@gmail . com . 



New Course Offering 

Prevailing views of what con- 
stitutes criminal behavior in 
the eyes of a given society are 
derived from any number of 
sources, including economic 
conditions, class, race, gender, 
age, immediate political aims of 
the ruling class, etc. These con- 
siderations often reveal complex 
tensions within human groups 
that exist just beneath the sur- 
face. It is perhaps for this reason 
that criminal figures loom large 
in world literature, and German 
literature is no exception. In this 
course, students will examine 
finctional works by writers such 
as Friedrich Schiller, Heinrich 
von Kleist, etc. Crime and the 
Criminal, German 350 will be 
taught this semester by Profes- 
sor Hammond (hammond@ 
utm.edu. This course will be 
taught in English, and the lit- 
erary works will be in English 
translation. English 111-112 
are prerequisites. Advanced 
students of German will ex- 



amine excerpts of the works in 
the original German. Class will 
meet on Tuesday and Thursday 
from 2-3:15 p.m. 

Starving Artist Exhibit 

Adam McCammon presents 
a starving artist exhibit at the 
Martin Public Library from Feb- 
ruary 1 through February 28. 

SAC Movie Night 

The Student Activities Council 
will once again be sponsoring 
Movie Nights this spring semes- 
ter SAC will be showing Miami 
Vice on Friday, January 19 at 9 
p.m. As always, free popcorn 
will be available. Everyone is in- 
vited and encouraged to attend 
this event with fellow UTM stu- 
dents. 

Sigma Alpha RUSH 

Sigma Alpha is a professional 
agricultural soroity that pro- 
motes scholarship, leadership. 



service and fellowship among 
its members. Sigma Alpha is 
for any female majoring in agri- 
culture, or who is interested in 
agriculture. RUSH will be held 
January 29-31 in Brehm Hall at 
6 p.m. Apllications are available 
is Mrs. Janet's office in Brehm 
Hall. If you have any questions 
about Sigma Alpha or RUSH, 
please contact Becky Dykes by 
e-mail at becsdyke@utm.edu or 
by phone at 731-694-4284. 

Intramural Basketball 

UTM Intramural Basketball 
will be starting soon. Sign-up 
deadline is January 24 at 5 p.m. 
There will be Captain's and Free 
Agent's meetings at 5 p.m. on 
January 24. Official's training 
will be at 5 p.m. on January 22 
and 23. The cost for this event 
is $55. It is located in the Elam 
Center. For more information, 
call 881-7745. Everyone is en- 
couraged to come out and have 
fun at this campus recreational 
event. 





January 16, 2007 



Page 5 




NTERTAINMENT 



pacer.utm.edu/entertainment 



Rachel Rogers, A&E Editor • E-mail: pacer_features@utm.edu 



2007 promises to be the Year of the Box Office 



Rachel Rogers 

Arts & Entertainment Editor 

Sure, we've seen a num- 
ber of good movies over the 
past few years. But we've 
also been disappointed just 
as much. It seems like we've 
been doomed to only enjoy 
one or two good movies a 
year, amidst all of the ones 
we'd rather forget about. 

2007 promises to change 
all of that. 

What, you may be asking, 
sets 2007 apart from other 
years? 

Well, let's take a look at 
what cinematic treats we 
are looking forward to this 
year. 

• 28 Weeks Eater (May 11) 

Yes, it's a zombie movie. 

The sequel to 28 Days Eater 
takes place when the Amer- 
icans began moving in to 
a deserted Britain to start 
things back up. Of course, 
nothing goes right. Robert 
Carlye, Rose Byrne, Jeremy 
Renner, Harold Perrineau 
and Catherine McCormack 
star in the film, which will 
be directed by Juan Carlos 
Fresnadillo. 

• 300 (March 9) 

This is one of the many 
comic book movies that is 
scheduled to be released 
this year. Based off of the 
graphic novel written by 
Frank Miller, 300 tells the 
story of the 300 Spartan 
warriors, who alongside 
the Persian army, fought at 
the heroic 480 B.C. Battle 
of Thermopyle against the 
Greeks. The Spartans may 
be "dining in Hell," but 
we're sure to get a feast out 
of this one. Gerard Butler, 
Lena Headey, David Wen- 
ham, Dominic West and 
Vincent Regan star in this 
film directed by Zack Sny- 
der. 

• 30 Days of Night (Octo- 
ber 19) 

Yet another comic book 
movie, this one is based 
on the graphic novel by 
Steve Niles. A small Alas- 
kan town finds itself over- 
run by vampires when the 
sun finally sinks. While the 
graphic novel itself is short, 
which makes one wonder 



how they're going to turn 
it into a full-length movie 
(remember how Ang Lee 
managed to do that with 
a 50-page Brokeback Moun- 
tain ?) it will be interesting 
to see how they bring this 
one to life. Josh Hartnett 
and Melissa George star in 



the David Slade-directed 
project. 

• Beowulf (November 16) 

The oldest known piece 

of literature comes to life 
yet again in this latest ren- 
dition, directed by Robert 
Zemeckis. While everyone 
is familiar with this story, 
we hope that Zemeckis will 
prevail where others have 
not. While The 13th War- 
rior and Beowulf & Grendal 
were not too shabby, we 
hope that this version will 
be a true, straight-through 
telling of the story. Antho- 
ny Hopkins, Angelina Jo- 
lie, John Malkovich, Robin 
Wright Penn and Brendan 
Gleeson are set to star. 

• The Bourne Ultimatum 
(August 3) 

Not only is it the time of 
the comic book movie, but 
also sequels. This is just one 
of them. 

Jason Bourne returns for 
the final installment of the 
Bourne trilogy, which first- 
showing.net says is shap- 
ing up to be "the best of the 
Bourne films." Matt Damon 
returns for his role as Jason 
Bourne, with Joan Allen co- 
starring. Paul Greengrass is 
the director. 

• Evan Almighty (June 22) 

The second sequel of the 

list is the follow-up to Jim 



Carrey's Bruce Almighty. In 
this one, God (played once 
again by Morgan Freeman) 
contacts Congressman Evan 
Baxter in order to tell him to 
build an ark in preparation 
for an upcoming flood. 

The cast boasts a list of 
funnymen including Steve 



Carell, Lauren Graham, 
John Goodman, Wanda 
Sykes and John Michael 
Higgins, and is directed by 
Tom Shadyac. 

• Fantastic Four: Rise of the 
Silver Surfer (June 15) 

This movie has the best of 
both worlds: it's both a com- 
ic book movie and a sequel. 
This time around, the Fan- 
tastic Four's idea that they 
are the only super-powers 
are banashed when they 
meet the Silver Surfer. The 
most exciting thing about 
this movie is that, if the Sil- 
ver Surfer is around, that 
means Galactus can't be too 
far behind. And the pros- 
pect of seeing how the film 
portrays the planet-eating 
monstrosity is enough to 
make audience-goers forget 
the first one and give this 
one a try. 

Michael Chiklis, loan 
Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Jes- 
sica Alba and Doug Jones 
star, with Tim Story direct- 
ing. 

• Ghost Rider (February 
16) 

Perhaps one of the most 
anticipated comic book 
movies to be released this 
year, Nicholas Cage brings 
to life motorcycle stuntman 
Johnny Blaze who sells his 
soul to become the skull- 



blazing Ghost Rider, who 
fights against the son of the 
devil himself. Jon Voight, 
Eva Mendes, Sam Elliot and 
Peter Fonda star with Cage 
in this Mark Steven John- 
son-directed film. 

• The Golden Compass (De- 
cember 7) 

Based off of the books of 
the same name, firstshow- 
ing.net says that this one is 
being "described online as 
the new 'Lord of the Rings.'" 
Set in a parallel universe, a 
young girl named Lyra Be- 
laqua has to travel to the 
far North to save her best 
friend and other children 
who have been kidnapped. 
Nicole Kidman and Dakota 
Blue Richards are the stars, 
and it is directed by Chris 
Weitz. 

• Grindhouse (April 6) 

Quentin Tarantino and 

Robert Rodriguez. Need we 
say anything else to get you 
to see this? Didn't think so. 

But just in case you do 
need any more prompting, 
Grindhouse is comprised of 
two 75-minute horror flicks 
shown with a few fake 
movie trailers in between. 
'Planet Terror' is a zombie 
flick directed by Rodriguez, 
and 'Death Proof' is a slash- 
er flick by Tarantino. Kurt 
Russell, Rosario Dawson, 
Jordan Ladd and Rose Mc- 
Gowan will star. 

• Harry Potter and the Or- 
der of the Phoenix (July 13) 

There's really not much 
to say about this one. Based 
off of the fifth book of the 
Harry Potter series. Order of 
the Phoenix has a new direc- 
tor this time around. Daniel 
Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and 
Emma Watson will once 
again play the role of the 
Golden Trio, with Imelda 
Staunton, George Harris 
and Helena Bonham Carter 
also starring. David Yates 
has taken on the job of di- 
recting. 

• Hot Fuzz (April 13) 

The same guys who made 

Shaun of the Dead are back 
with a movie about being 
a cop in London. They may 
not have singing zombies 
in this one, but it's sure to 
make us laugh just as hard 




The best celebrity product line yet 



Rachel Rogers 

Arts & Entertainment Editor 

Walk down the aisles of any major 
retail store in America and you're 
bound to see some product that bears 
the name of a celebrity. Diddy has his 
clothing line, the Olsen twins have 
clothes, makeup and hair products, 
Jessica Simpson has makeup and 
body products, and nearly everyone 
in Hollywood has a fragrance of some 
sort. (I'll freely admit that I wear Cu- 
rious by Britney Spears. It smells nice 
enough to make me overlook whose 
name is on it.) 

But there's one product that celebri- 
ties have yet to market -- at least until 
now. 

And that product is condoms. 

Yes, folks. A celebrity has decided 
that he is now going to market his own 
brand of condoms. It's not just any ce- 
lebrity, either. Oh, no. This concerned 
citizen is none other than everyone's 
favorite rapper, 50 Cent. 

That's right, 'Fiddy has announced 
that he will launch his own line of 
condoms, with proceeds going to ben- 
efit HIV awareness. 

According to g4tv.com, 50 was quot- 
ed as saying, "As opposed to being 
part of a safe-sex campaign. I'm going 
to make condoms and donate a part of 
the proceeds to HIV awareness." 

Should I really be this surprised? 
After all, 50 has proven himself to be a 
versatile man. He has put out albums. 



Commentary 



made a movie, made a video game 
based on said movie, written three 
books and has now decided to join the 
business world and help out a cause 
at the same time. 

My question is this: Why have they 
waited until now to snap up the birth 
control market? I mean, think about 
it. How many celebrities have been in 
the news because of their promiscuous 
actions? Take, for instance, the Mela- 
nie Brown incident. She says Eddie 
Murphy is the father, yet he says no. 
The identity of Anna Nicole Smith's 
baby's father is still up in the air, keep- 
ing America holding its breath. And, 
of course, the illustrious Bob Barker 
was in the news frequently for getting 
his models knocked up. 

Sex is simply part of everyday life 
for celebrities. Why not tack their 
name onto something that's so close 
to their hearts? 

And the money! I can imagine that 
Trojan probably makes a ton of mon- 
ey. I mean, think about it. Have you 
ever been to Wal-Mart late at night? 
There's always people standing in the 
"family planning" section, looking 
around before quickly grabbing a box 
of their favorite condom and tossing 
it into the bottom of their carts before 
anyone can see them. 

Point is, people have sex. A lot. So 
condoms are going to always be in 
demand. Add a celebrity name to the 



box, and sales will go up. Heck, they 
could even jack up the prices. People 
are still going to buy it. 

Probably the best thing about this is 
how many younger people are now 
going to practice safe sex. I know a lot 
of younger people don't bother buy- 
ing them in case their parents happen 
to find them, but no longer! 

I can see it now: Imagine being back 
in high school, sitting in a cafeteria. A 
couple of guys are sitting together at 
a table, talking about whatever it is 
guys talk about. One of them starts 
bragging about something they have 
that's a name brand. When the others 
begin to ask him about it, he pulls out 
his wallet and proudly displays his 50 
Cent condom, to much ooohing and 
ahhing from his peers. 

And let's not forget to mention how 
a guy might impress a girl when he 
tells her he has a 50 Cent condom in 
case they decide to get intimate. 

Maybe this will spur other famous 
people to tack their names onto some- 
thing that actually might help some- 
one. Could be that we'll soon see Nelly 
Bandages and Ed Norton Back Braces. 
Perhaps this could be the beginning of 
the world peace that celebrities aim so 
high for. All it takes is a celebrity to 
slap their name onto something. 

So I applaud you, 'Fiddy. In a round- 
about way, you certainly are promot- 
ing safe sex, and that's what really 
matters. 

I just have one question, though. 

Is it bullet-proof? 



2007 movie releases 


Title 


Release Date 


28 Weeks Later 


May 11 


30 Days of Night 


October 19 


American Gangster 


November 2 


300 


March 9 


Beowulf 


November 16 


Blades of Glory 


March 30 


The Bourne Ultimatum 


August 30 


Evan Almighty 


June 22 


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 


June 15 


Ghost Rider 


February 16 


The Golden Compass 


December 7 


Grindhouse 


April 6 


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix July 13 


Hot Fuzz 


April 13 


I Am Legend 


November 21 


The Kingdom 


April 20 


Knocked Up 


June 1 


Live Free or Die Hard 


July 4 


Next 


September 28 


Ocean's 13 


June 8 


Pathfinder 


April 27 


Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End May 25 


Ratatouille 


June 29 


Reno 911! Miami 


February 23 


Rush Hour 3 


August 10 


Shrek 3 


May 18 


The Simpsons Movie 


July 27 


Smokin' Aces 


January 26 


Spider-Man 3 


May 4 


Stardust 


July 27 


Surf's Up 


June 8 


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) 


March 23 


Transformers 


July 4 


Zodiac 


March 2 



as the last movie. 

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, 
Jim Broadbent, Timothy 
Dalton, Steve Coogan and 
Martin Freeman star in the 
Edward Wright-directed 
project. 

• Five Free or Die Hard 
(July 4) 

Yes, it's a Die Hard movie, 
despite the cheesy title. And 
yes, Bruce Willis will be 
playing John McClane once 
again when he comes out of 
retirement to take down an 
Internet-based terriorist or- 
ganization. 

Jostin Long, Maggie Q., 
Timothy Olyphant and 
Mary Elizabeth Winstead 
also star in this film, direct- 
ed by Len Wiseman. 



• Ocean's 13 (June 8) 

This is supposedly the 
last installment chronicling 
the hijinks of Danny Ocean 
and his band of thieves. 

The boys are all back. 
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, 
Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, 
Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, 
Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, 
Eddie Jemison, Shaob Qin, 
Carl Reiner, Elliot Gould 
and Ellen Barkin all star, 
with Steven Soderbergh di- 
recting. 

Well, we really don't have 
a ton of room to finish the 
rest, even though there are 
a ton of them. But we can 
safely say that 2007 will 
indeed be "The Year of the 
Box Office." 



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J ust before we left 
for break some of 
my co-workers at the 
Instructional Technology 
Center and I began using 
Skype to instant message 
each other and try out its 
video and voice capabili- 
ties. What began as a fun 
way to communicate with 
people literally a few feet 
away became more prac- 
tical the more we used it. 

Skype, like other mes- 
saging services, provides a 
simple soft- 
ware pack- 
age (avail- 
able for free 
download 
at Skype. 
com) that 
allows mul- 
tiple users 
to com- 
municate 
by typing 
or using 
Web cams. 

In this way, Skype is an 
ordinary messenger ser- 
vice. However, Skype is 
becoming very good at 
beating telecommunica- 
tion companies in both 
price and services. 

The current deal on 
Skype.com allows a user 
to call any land or cellu- 
lar telephone from their 
computer to anyone in the 
United States or Canada 
for only $14.95 a year. This 
can potentially save a lot 
of money on long distance 
phone calls for just about 
everyone. International 
calls are also available for 
a low rate of 2.1 cents a 
minute. 

Skype also allows users 
to have a Skypeln phone 
number where friends 
can call directly from a 
land-based or cell phone 




and answer on the user's 
computer. This service is 
a more costly, running 
around $40 for one year. 
Skypeln comes with a 
free voicemail service and 
is available for 
a small price to 
users without 
Skypeln. 

So what about 
people who are 
not constant- 
ly attached 
to a com- 
puter? Skype 
allows third 
party compa- 
nies such as 
NETGEAR and 
Belkin to produce cordless 
phones and cell phones 
that can use Skype from 
any standard WiFi hot- 
spot. 

Skype can be very use- 
ful for students who 
travel, who don't have a 
cell phone or who run 
up expensive long dis- 
tance phone bills. Thanks 
to my coworkers and a 
little curiosity in figur- 
ing out how Skype works 
- and because my "slick" 
Motorola V3M does not 
work in Europe - I plan 
on "Skyping" friends and 
family while in Germany 
this summer. 



Matt Cook 

Technical Editor 

Beginning in 2002, 
The Pacer has sought to 
be well-represented on 
the Internet by putting 
our weekly print edition 
online and the occasional 
breaking news stories at 
our Web site, pacer.utm. 
edu. 

With 2007 approaching 
quickly, our editorial staff 
decided last semester it 
was time to move beyond 
the pacer.utm.edu loca- 
tion and the limitations 
of its content management 
system and move to an 
online publishing com- 
pany, College Publisher. 
Over the break they cre- 
ated us a highly customiz- 
able new Web site at www. 
utmpacer.com. 

Many universities across 



America use college pub- 
lisher because there's 
many features that are 
very simple to use and the 
Web site has a very sleek 
design. 

College Publisher pro- 
vides message boards, 
news updates sent to 
registered users' e-mail, 
news channels from major 
syndicated news agencies 
and archives of past issues 
(which are still being 
moved over from our old 
archive system). 

As is true for the 
archives, most of the 
features that are avail- 
able have not been fully 
explored. Some features 
we plan on learning and 
exploring are photo slide 
shows and podcasts. The 
Web site's possibilities for 
presenting news in a vari- 
ety of media forms will 



come with time as the 
staff learns how to better 
use utmpacer.com to pres- 
ent UTM with news that 
matters. 

One feature that the staff 
is most looking forward 
to is the reinstatement of 
the message boards. A 
few years ago. The Pacer's 
old message board was 
taken down because of 
many problems, including 
threats. 

With the new message 
board, students must reg- 
ister with their real name 
and address. Should the 
board administrator see 
that someone is making 
threats, many security 
measures can be taken to 
ensure that a level of pro- 
fessionalism and maturity 
remains on the boards. 

Once we set up the mes- 
sage boards, we The Pacer 



staff encourages students 
to voice your opinion on 
events happening in the 
world. Also, if you have 
ideas for the newspaper 
or the Web site, feel free to 
make a post on the board. 

College Publisher gives 
us more space for online 
advertisements and 
online classifieds. With 
online advertisements, 
businesses and students 
can reach a wider audi- 
ence and have more luck 
selling their product. 

As both the university 
and interest grow, more 
and more effort will be 
put into turning utmpacer. 
com into an online daily 
newspaper with updates 
from the campus, commu- 
nity and world. 

The excitement is just 
getting started, so please 
stick— and click— with us! 



Cell phone 
may not work 
overseas, but 
"Skyping" will 
save the day 



Web site of the week 



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www.lifehacker.com 



Jay Baker 

Asst. News Editor 

Every January, people 
all over the United States 
make all manner of resolu- 
tions from losing weight 
to quitting smoking. Most 
promptly fail and relegate 
these commitments to the 
back of their mind where 
they may even bring them 
up again next January. This 
week's Web site of the Week 
is a great resource for those 
who are trying to actually 
keep their resolutions, or 
at least become a little more 
productive. 

Lifehacker.com is sort of a 
blog/news site that serves up 
interesting little tips and to 
help turbo charge your day 
with technology. Mostly, it 
has tips for using software 
to help you become more 
productive. For example, 
their latest entry covers 
and links to TheFoundBin. 
com (a site deserving of 
Web site of the Week honor 
in its own right), a Google 
Maps mash up that allows 
users to search for their lost 
items (the site suggests it 
could be used to find your 
lost pets, watch or brother) 
by what others have posted 
as found. 



liFehacker 



Another great site rec- 
ommended by Lifehacker 
is CellSwapper.com, a site 
that links up cellular con- 
tract holders and allows 
them to swap contracts, 
avoiding costly and some- 
times excessive buy-out or 
cancellation fees (again this 
one is almost worth its own 
Web site of the Week spot). 
Just put in your carrier and 
plan and wait for some- 
one else who happens to be 
looking for that plan to take 
it over by swapping their 
plan with you or simply 
taking it over for you: all 
too easy. 

Both of these sites were 
posted on the same day, 
along with a blog about 
how drinking more water 
helped someone relieve 
back pain. The site is filled 
with helpful links and 
stories that can help you 
keep those resolutions or 
perhaps find inspiration for 
some that you might actual- 
ly accomplish. Resolutions 
can seem a bit contrived 
sometimes, but this site 
represents what resolutions 
should ultimately do: make 
your life easier. 



Wii Sports makes new console fun for all 



Karen Langdon 

Staff Writer 

The last time Nintendo 
fans were fortunate 
enough to have a game 
launch with a console was 
back in 1991, with Super 
Mario World for SNES. 

That is, until now. The 
newly released Nintendo 
Wii is playable straight 
out of the box due to the 
addition of Wii Sports, 
which is quickly making a 
name for itself in the gam- 
ing world. Wii Sports is a 
little package with a lot of 
punch, boasting five dif- 
ferent games in one: box- 
ing, bowling, golf, tennis 
and baseball. 

The Wii's innovative 
new controller system 
makes all of them more 
realistic than ever before: 
rather than pressing but- 
tons and maneuvering 
control sticks, gamers can 
actually throw punches, 
swing tennis rackets and 
hit homeruns all with the 
use of a motion-sensitive 
wireless remote. 

The player can create 
seemingly endless cus- 
tomizable characters on 
the Mii channel that will 
appear whenever Wii 
Sports is played, and can 
choose which charac- 
ter they would like to be 
before every game. 

Wii Sports also includes 
Training and Fitness 
modes: training mode 

offers variations on the 
different sports in which 

— See ‘Wii Sports’ on 
Page 7 








January 16, 2007 



Technology 



Page 7 



Lost Planet for Xbox 360 proves 
frustrating yet rewarding 




Rachel Rogers 

Arts & Entertainment Editor 



Wayne, the main character, facing down enemies and the 
environment to save humans from death in Lost Planet 



Snow has never looked 
so pretty. 

Of course, it's not real 
snow, and you're going 
to be out in it a lot, which 
might get to you after a 
while. But overall. Lost 
Planet: Extreme Condition 
for the Xbox 360 is stun- 
ning. 

In the game, you play as 
Wayne, whose last mem- 
ory before being knocked 
into a coma was of his 
father being killed by a 
giant bug-like alien called 
the Akrid. 

These aliens are fight- 
ing the humans who have 
come to the Lost Planet 
to terra form the planet 
in order to colonize it for 
humans. Of course, the 
humans decide to fight 
back instead of just try- 
ing to find another planet 
to colonize. During the 
course of the game, other 
humans and characters 
come in to play as Wayne 
regains more and more of 
his memory. 

Thermal energy plays 
a large part in keeping 
Wayne alive. One of the 
more frustrating things 
about the game is that 
your thermal energy, 
which you must have to 
stay alive, is constantly 
running down. 

In order to survive, you 
have to kill enemies and 
break things open to find 
it. While this normally 
isn't a problem - you can 
find it almost anywhere 
- it gets a little hard when 
you find yourself in a bat- 
tle. Every time you're hit, 
you lose thermal energy, 
which means you have 
to constantly run around 



and look for more instead 
of fighting. This can result 
in long battles or a lot of 
dying. 

The graphics for this 
game are fantastic. The 
smoke effects from explo- 
sions look incredibly 
realistic. The best part is 
when you stay out in the 
snow for a while, you can 
actually see snow begin- 
ning to build up on your 
character's body. 

The battles are also fan- 
tastic, especially the boss 
battles. While it can be 
frustrating constantly 
looking around for ther- 
mal energy to stay alive 
while fighting, these 
fights are actually a chal- 
lenge. The bosses are huge, 
instead of something that 
happens to be your size 
and all you have to do 
is point and shoot. The 
Akrid can be huge, which 
means you've got to fig- 
ure out how to bring them 
down. This can prove to 
be difficult, but at least it's 
not boring. 

The game play is pretty 
good as well, but, unless 
you change your control 
settings, you might find it 
hard to aim or turn. The 
controls can be respon- 
sive, but only if you up 
the sensitivity. Otherwise, 
you're just going to add 
even more frustration 
when you find you can't 
turn as quickly as you 
like, or aiming properly 
is almost out of the ques- 
tion. 

Of course, you get guns. 
Big ones, and that's one of 
the things that keeps you 
interested in playing. The 
vital suits are like mini 



Transformers, and can 
cover the snow-covered 
ground quickly while 
you fire at your enemy. 
Or, if you prefer, you can 
chunk a grenade at them 
at watch the pretty fire- 
works. 

Another great thing 
about the weapons sys- 
tem is that, if your vital 
suit goes down, you can 
simply rip the gun from it 
and carry it with you. 

Perhaps the biggest 
down side is that, unless 
you have Xbox Live, 
there's no multiplayer 
function. And the single 
player mode is not very 
long. This means that, for 
someone simply playing 
it on their Xbox, it's prob- 
ably going to be sitting 
on your shelf once you've 
beaten it. So, unless 
you've got Xbox Live, it's 
not really worth shelling 
out the $60. 

All in all, the game is 
visually stunning. The 
graphics by themselves 
make the game worth 
playing through. As 
you progress, the levels 
become more and more 
grand and breathtaking. 
The story can get a little 
confusing. This is a futur- 
istic desolate planet after 
all. You can almost imag- 
ine the cast of Star Wars 
lurking around some- 
where. And, of course, 
the lack of multiplayer 
and replay value for the 
casual gamer is a major 
downer. But if you've got 
Xbox Live, then this game 
is most certainly worth 
checking out. 



Vigil: Continued from Cover 



will be in a smaller area. The ceremony is a remembrance and also focuses on the Martin 
Luther King holiday as a day of service," said Woody. 

"It takes activism and dedication, because the civil rights movement is still very much 
alive," Woody said. "We want to emphasize service." 

Rev. Russell Marrow from New Generations Ministry in Union City will lead the spiri- 
tual reflection during the candle light vigil. Established in 1984, the New Generations 
Ministry is "an outreach program dedicated to youth development and family restora- 
tion," according to their Web site. 



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additional exercises are 
unlocked after the first 
ones are completed. 

Players can compete 
for bronze, silver, gold or 
platinum medals. Fitness 
mode calculates the gam- 
er's "fitness age" by a test 
of three randomly select- 
ed challenges from train- 
ing mode. The player's 
"fitness age" takes into 
account speed, balance, 
and stamina and ranges 
from age 20 to 80. 

Now let's take a clos- 
er look at the individual 
sports. 

Boxing - This is the only 
sport that uses both the 
remote and the nunchuck 
controller. The player 
throws punches and leans 
from side to side to avoid 
being hit. When either 
player's health meter is 
depleted, he is knocked 
down. 

In Training mode, 
the players useS combo 
punches to hit a punching 
bag, dodges tennis balls 
(or gets smacked in the 
face by them), and prac- 
tices accuracy hitting the 
trainer's mitts. Boxing 
supports up to 2-person 
multiplayer. 

Bowling - In Bowling, 
the player holds the B but- 
ton while swinging the 
remote back then forward 
like actual bowling, releas- 
ing the button to throw the 
ball. The player can adjust 
the position in which he is 
standing or the angle he is 
facing to compensate for 
difficult shots or (in my 



case) a strange twist of 
the wrist resulting in an 
incredibly accurate gutter 
ball. 

Training mode includes 
a variously placed spare 
exercise, hitting increas- 
ing numbers of pins (up 
to 91!), and an exercise 
to practice control and 
spin techniques. Bowling 
supports up to 4-person 
multiplayer with a single 
remote. 

Golf - The player swings 
the remote like a golf club, 
choosing the appropriate 
strength. Practice swings 
are available, and come 
in very handy for those 
tricky puts on the green. 
The player can also adjust 
which club to use as well 
as his position, just like in 
Bowling. 

Training mode for Golf 
starts off with a putting 
exercise, moves to chip- 
ins, and ends with a driv- 
er accuracy exercise. Golf 
supports up to 4-person 
multiplayer with a single 
remote. 

Tennis - In Tennis, the 
player's character auto- 
matically moves to wher- 
ever the ball is headed 
(although sometimes not 
quite fast enough) and 
the player must swing the 
controller to hit the ball. 

Training mode includes 
an exercise for returning 
serves practicing different 
kinds of swings, hitting 
the ball through a specific 
area, and playing against 
a brick wall with a target. 
Tennis supports up to 4- 



Crime: Continued from Cover 



the time of the report. 

A series of burglaries 
occurred at Shady Pines 
Apartments between 
December 23 and December 
26. Approximately $3,000 
worth of damage was 
caused by forced entry, and 
the following list of items 
was reported missing by 
the victims who were away 
on holiday victims: Dell and 
Toshiba laptop computers, 
three acoustic guitars, golf 
clubs and approximately 
$100 in change. 

Latent fingerprints were 
collected at the Shady Pines 
Apartments scenes in hopes 
of finding possible identifi- 
cation. 

Houses and apartments 
are not the only victims to 
burglary in the Martin area. 
The Hampton Inn, which is 
currently under construc- 
tion on Skyhawk Parkway, 
had several different tools 
stolen on a January week- 



end. The estimated value of 
all of the tools stolen was 
over $1,600. 

This is just a sample of the 
crimes that occurred over 
the holiday season. Overall, 
18 residential burglaries 
have been reported to the 
MPD in the past month. 
The majority of these bur- 
glaries have been the apart- 
ments of college students 
who went on vacation dur- 
ing the holiday season. 

Mill Street, Bo Drive, West 
Peach Street, Todd Street, 
George Street, Fulton Street, 
Willow Lane, Fonville 
Street and Baker Road have 
been the areas where these 
burglaries have occurred. 
Electronics, watches, com- 
puters, guitars, golf clubs, 
money and, in one case, 
furniture have been stolen 
from these locations. 

Martin Police Captain 
Sammy Liles believes that 
the majority of these bur- 



person multiplayer. 

Baseball - Baseball lets 
the player both bat and 
pitch. The pitcher can 
choose between several 
different types of pitches 
can vary the speed of the 
pitch by how fast they 
"throw" the remote. The 
batter then swings the 
controller using the cor- 
rect timing and power. All 
the other players are com- 
puter characters (without 
legs!) who may or may 
not be good at fielding the 
ball. 

Baseball's training mode 
begins with a home-run 
derby; then the player 
practices batting precision 
to hit the ball into speci- 
fied areas of the field, and 
finally batting practice 
with 30 balls to attempt 
to hit into play. Baseball 
supports up to 2-person 
multiplayer. 

There you have it! Wii 
Sports is a great introduc- 
tion to the Wii's incred- 
ible controller system, and 
at the risk of sounding 
cliche I must say there's 
something in it for every- 
one. Not being a big fan 
of sports games myself, 
even I came down with a 
case of "Wii elbow" after 
an afternoon of addictive 
Baseball and Tennis. 

As far as ratings go, Wii 
Sports earned a whopping 
five stars from Nintendo 
Power, which was by no 
means undeserved. Wii 
Sports is a game you sim- 
ply can't put down. 



glaries are related due to 
the similar targets and 
methods of entry. When 
leaving your residence for 
an extended period of time, 
remember to secure your 
residence, and, if possible, 
have a trusted neighbor or 
friend continually check in 
on your residence. 

All of the above crimes 
are currently under inves- 
tigation. The MPD and 
TBI encourage anyone 
with information per- 
taining to these crimes or 
other unsolved crimes to 
call Crime Stoppers at 587- 
2611 or MPD at 587-5355. 
Crime Stoppers will offer 
a reward for information 
leading to the person or 
persons responsible for 
these crimes. 




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Road wins elusive for struggling men’s basketball 



Brad Hurt 

Sports Editor 

After a frustrating start to the season that included 
several one-point losses and a road swing at the end 
of the calendar year that resulted in three consecutive 
setbacks, the Skyhawk men's basketball team cannot help 
but hope that 2007 will be kinder than 2006. 

So far the opposition has cooperated nicely, as the team 
has picked up two key conference wins in the Elam Cen- 
ter against Tennessee State and Eastern Illinois. 

The pair of triumphs undoubtedly brought a sense of 
relief and confidence to a young team that had just suf- 
fered its second losing streak of at least six games. 

The key to success for the Skyhawks this season is to 
find consistent scoring and defense. As evidenced by 
their losses, the results can be less than desirable when 
those two areas of the game become unreliable. 

"This is the same stat sheet we have looked at on a 
number of games," Skyhawk head coach Bret Campbell 
said following his team's 70-48 loss at Morehead State on 
Saturday. 

"We are back at 35 percent from the field and 19 turn- 
overs and that's the recipe for losses." 

Over the span of the losing streak, the team struggled 
from the floor, connecting on an average of only 37.1 per- 
cent of its shots and turning the ball over an average of 
17.7 times per game. That combination proved to be even 
more costly in close games. 

In a 56-55 loss to Morehead State at the Elam Center on 
Dec. 18, the Skyhawks struggled shooting the ball, mak- 
ing only 32 percent of their shots. Despite shooting nearly 
70 percent from the free throw line for the game, the 
home team could not convert at the charity stripe when 
it counted most. Bubba Tolliver missed a potential game- 
tying free throw with 12 seconds remaining. 

"This is a frustrating loss. You have to win the home 
games in the conference," Campbell said. 

In their latest loss, which came against Samford on Jan. 
4, poor shooting and turnovers doomed the Skyhawks 
once again. Despite trailing only 17-16 midway through 
the first half, the Skyhawks fell apart in the second half 
en route to a 55-41 loss. 

The Skyhawks remained close to the Bulldogs in the 
first half by sending the ball inside to Cleve Woodfork 
and McKale Jones. Woodfork, a 6-foot-9 St. Louis native, 
scored nine of his 13 points in the first half on perfect 4- 
for-4 shooting. 

However, the Skyhawks struggled to get the ball inside 
in the second half and made only 6 of 17 three-point 
attempts in the game. 

"We got away from our game plan late in the second 
half," Campbell said. "We wanted to pound it inside, but 
we didn't finish." 

Turnovers also hurt the Skyhawks, who coughed up the 
ball 18 times, including 10 times in the second half. 

"We made big turnovers out front, and we weren't wor- 
thy of winning this game tonight." 



One bright spot for the team has been the play of junior 
college transfer Gerald Robinson. The 6-foot-9 junior for- 
ward from Los Angeles has picked up a great deal of the 
scoring burden left by Newson, averaging 11.3 points per 
game, including a season-high 23 points in an early-sea- 
son loss to Howard. 

Robinson also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 
5.9 boards per game. 

Guards Bubba Tolliver and Zerek Knight have also been 
key contributors to the offense, providing 9.4 and 8.7 
points per game, respectively. 

The highlight of the holiday break, at least in spirit if 
not in the win column, was the team's trip to Hawaii 
for a Dec. 28 contest. Although the Skyhawks fell to the 
Rainbow Warriors, 66-53, the players had the unique 




TREVOR RUSZKOWSKI/ UTM Sports Information 



experience of enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Aloha 
state. 

The Skyhawks displayed impressive tenacity on the 
defensive end of the floor, forcing 21 turnovers. 

Knight was the only Skyhawk to register double figures 
in the scorebook, finishing the game with 12 points. 

The Skyhawks are currently alone in ninth place in the 
OVC with a 3-6 league record. 

They will return to action Thursday night when they 
host current league leader Austin Peay. Tipoff is set for 
7:30 p.m. at the Elam Center. 



Ohio Valley Conference 
Standings 

Team OVC Overall 

Austin Peay 6-1 9-6 


Morehead St. 


6-2 


10-6 


Samford 


6-2 


9-8 


Eastern Ky. 


5-3 


10-6 


Murray St. 


5-3 


7-9 


Tenn. State 


4-3 


7-9 


Tenn. Tech 


4-4 


8-9 


SEMO 


4-5 


6-12 


UTM 


3-6 


5-14 


Jax State 


1-6 


3-13 


Eastern Illinois 


1-9 


5-14 



Skyhawk junior forward Gerald Robinson keeps his 
eyes on the ball as he dunks it during a December 
home game. Robinson, who is leading the team in 
scoring at 11.3 points per game, has been the focal 
point of the UTM offense this season. The Skyhawk 
men have struggled to replace the offensive produc- 
tion lost through the departures of Jared Newson 
and Jeremy Kelly. Streaky performances have hurt 
the Skyhawks, who have shown promise at times this 
season despite having a disappointing 5-14 record. 



Women’s hoops continues upward trend in Tansil’s second year 



Brad Hurt 

Sports Editor 

Coming off an 8-19 finish in 2005-06, the Skyhawk wom- 
en's basketball team prepared to make major improve- 
ments this season. 

Sure enough, thanks in large part to the inside play of 
post players Andreika Jackson and Phyllisha Mitchell, the 
Skyhawks have compiled a 9-7 record that includes two 
separate three -game winning streaks. 

After an early 85-29 loss to the Lady Volunteers of 
Tennessee, led by former Skyhawk standout Pat Summitt, 
the Skyhawks entered conference play, where they have 
compiled a 4-4 record. 

The matchup with the Lady Vols in Knoxville provided 
a real learning experience for the Skyhawks, who were 
dominated from start to finish by the vastly more experi- 
enced Lady Vols. 

The Skyhawks shot only 20.4 percent in the game, includ- 
ing 14.8 percent in the second half. Mitchell, Jackson, and 
freshman Nicole Holman tied for high scoring honors for 
the Skyhawks with six points each. 

"Tonight is a valuable experience for our team," said 
Skyhawk head coach Tara Tansil. "This will show the 
character of our team and prepare us for the atmosphere 
at the conference tournament." 

The latest result found the Skyhawk women on the short 
end of a 67-47 final score at Morehead State on Saturday. 
With the loss, the Skyhawks' three-game win streak 
came to an abrupt end. The Lady Eagles devastated the 
Skyhawks from the outside, dropping in an amazing 80 
percent of their three-point attempts. 

Despite turning the ball over eight times in the first 
half, the Skyhawks trailed by only six points at the break. 
However, the Lady Eagles continued their torrid shooting 
in the second half to pull away for the comfortable win. 

"We played terrible today," said Skyhawk head coach 
Tara Tansil. "They were able to take advantage of our post 
players and we didn't defend them well from outside. We 
didn't look like we wanted to win tonight and that is why 
we didn't." 

Jackson and Mitchell have been the leaders in the 
Skyhawks' resurgence this year. Mitchell currently leads 
the team in scoring with an average of 12.8 points per 
game, while Jackson is not far behind with an average of 
12.3 points per game. No other player is averaging more 
than nine points per game. 

The most telling statistics for the Skyhawk women this 
year have been free throw shooting and rebounds. When 
the team has performed well in those two categories, it 
has generally come out on top. 

After her team's Jan. 4 road win against Samford, Tansil 



expressed her contentment with her team's performance. 

"In our losses this year we have struggled at the line 
and with turnovers. We did better with both of those 
tonight and it showed," she said. 

Against the Lady Bulldogs, the Skyhawks connected on 
75 percent of their free throw attempts and committed 
only 12 turnovers. 

As an example of the contrast, the team made only 4-of- 
12 free throws and committed 22 turnovers in a Dec. 20 
loss to Eastern Kentucky. 

In that game, the Skyhawks surrendered only 13 first- 
half points but allowed 42 in the second half, falling 55- 
50. 

In a 74-57 win against Birmingham-Southern the 
Skyhawks used a hot shooting performance in the first 
half to built all the cushion they would need to pick up 
the victory. They cooled off in the second half, shooting 




TREVOR RUSZKOWSKI/ UTM Sports Information 



only 38 percent, but still had enough determination to 
maintain their large lead. 

The Skyhawks went to the line 24 times in the game, 
knocking down 14 of their attempts. Mitchell led the team 
with 16 points and seven rebounds. 

The team attempted 59 shots in the game, their second- 
highest total on the season. 

The Elam Center has been a definite source of home 
court advantage for the Skyhawks, who have dropped 
only one game there this season. The lone blemish on 
their 5-1 home record is the loss to the Lady Colonels. 

The team's 4-4 record in Ohio Valley Conference play 
places them in a three-way tie for fourth place in the 
conference standings alongside Samford and Tennessee 
Tech. 

The team is trying to return to the OVC postseason tour- 
nament after failing to qualify for last year's event. 

The Skyhawks will return to the Elam Center on 
Thursday when they play host to the third-place Austin 
Peay Lady Governors. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. 



Basketball games Thursday 

Women vs. Austin Peay 
5:30 p.m. 

Men vs. Austin Peay 
7:30 p.m. 

Elam Center 

Skyhawk senior forward Andreika Jackson shoots 
over the outstretched arm of her defender during 
the ladies’ recent 55-50 home loss to Ohio Valley 
Conference foe Eastern Kentucky. Jackson and soph- 
omore Phyllisha Mitchell have combined to lead the 
team in scoring and rebounding in nearly every game 
in 2006-07. The Skyhawk women have enjoyed suc- 
cess this season, including two win streaks of three 
games each. The team will return to action when they 
host Austin Peay in OVC action on Thursday at 5:30. 
The Skyhawk men will face off aginst the Governors 
immediately following that game, with a scheduled 
tip time of 7:30 p.m. 






January 16, 2007 



Sports 



Page 9 



Britt makes return to air 
as Skyhawk announcer 



Brad Hurt 

Sports Editor 

Longtime Skyhawk Radio 
Network play-by-play an- 
nouncer Tom Britt returned 
to his normal seat alongside 
broadcast partner Chris 
Brinkley at the Elam Center 
when the Skyhawks defeat- 
ed Tennessee State on Jan. 6 
following an extended ab- 
sence that resulted from a 
serious accident. 

Britt suffered serious inju- 
ries when he was struck by 
a vehicle while jogging with 
his wife near their home in 
Beech Bluff, Tenn., on Oct. 
5, 2006. 

Martha Britt, 53, was pro- 
nounced dead at the scene. 

Britt is in his 26th season of 



handling the play-by-play 
duties for both Skyhawk 
football and men's basket- 
ball. His longevity in the 
position places him among 
the top 10 longest- tenured 
broadcasters in the nation. 

In addition to his duties 
at UTM athletic events, he 
has served as an anchor 
at WBBJ-TV, Channel 7, in 
Jackson since 1992. 

Britt, pictured at right, 
has teamed up with Brin- 
kley for Skyhawk athletics 
broadcasts for the past sev- 
en years. 

"It's great to have Tom 
back. He has always been 
a great source of Skyhawk 
pride and has been missed," 
said UTM sports informa- 
tion director Joe Lofaro. 



Skyhawk lineman Atkins 
honored by news wire 



UTM Sports 
Information 

UTM senior offensive 
lineman Alex Atkins (6-2, 
310, Memphis) was recent- 
ly named to 
the Associated 
Press Football 
Championship 
Subdivision 
All-American 
Team. 

Atkins helped 
UTM win its 
first Ohio Val- 
ley Conference 
Championship 
and advance 
to the NCAA Playoffs. The 
Skyhawks finished the sea- 
son with a 9-3 won-loss re- 
cord. 

Atkins, a two-time All- 
OVC selection, bolstered an 
offensive line and helped 



the Skyhawks rank first in 
the conference in rushing 
(218.2 ypg) and second in 
scoring average (24.8 ppg). 

Atkins was one of six 
OVC players named to the 
AP All-American 
teams. Southeast 
Missouri State 
defensive line- 
man Edgar Jones 
was a first-team 
selection, while 
Eastern Kentucky 
tight end Patrick 
Bugg, Eastern Il- 
linois offensive 
lineman Jon Ru- 
eter and Southeast 
Missouri punter David Si- 
monhoff were second-team 
selections. 

Atkins and Eastern Illi- 
nois defensive back Tristan 
Burge were third-team se- 
lections. 




Atkins 




Trevor Ruszkowski/ UTM Sports Information 



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